Ashleigh spotted these fox cubs romping around outside her cabin, and tip-toed outside to photograph them. When this female appeared from among the trees, the cubs bounded over to greet it, smothering their exhausted-looking mother with caring nibbles. ‘There was so much affection between them,’ Ashleigh recalls. Fox cubs are born in spring, but families remain together until autumn of the same year. After a couple of months of feeding their cubs with regurgitated food, mothers start to bring live prey back so they can begin to develop their hunting skills. By summer, parental visits to the den become less frequent, encouraging the cubs to find food themselves.
Canon EOS 5D Mark III + 500mm f4 lens; 1/640 sec at f4.5; ISO 1250; Gitzo tripod + Wimberley head.
Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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Ashleigh Scully, USA
Ashleigh has loved wildlife photography since she was eight years old. Her favourite places for photographing animals are her back garden, Florida, Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone National Park. She enjoys taking pictures of owls and red foxes, and hopes one day to see a mountain lion. She would like to use photography to educate people about the importance of wildlife conservation.